KATHMANDU: Nepal minister for Communication and Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota said on Sunday that the government was effort-full to protect and uplift Nepali film industry (Kollywood) by formulating proper laws and regulations.
Addressing an interaction programme organised with the stakeholders about the bill being drafted to manage and regulate the film industry, Minister Baskota said that the Film Act would address the problems of the national film industry.
The government was effortful to address the issues and problems faced by different stakeholders of Nepali film industry, he said. This interaction is an initiative to this respect, he added.
Hearing suggestions, comments and debate among different stakeholders of the film industry about the provisions of the bill draft for more than three hours, Minister Baskota said that the government would include their suggestions for the development of the entire industry.
The government will hear voices of all sides of film industry, including producers, distributers and exhibitors and their suggestions will be included in a balanced way, he said.
Minister Baskota said that the ministry was trying to introduce the Film Act at the earliest possible. He urged different associations active in film industry to provide their written suggestions within one week as input in the bill.
Most of the participants in the interaction appreciated the provisions included in the bill stating that it would lead the Nepali film industry to a newer height.
Senior actor and producer Nir Shah said that the proposed bill of the act was in favour of national film industry and entrepreneurs. “The provision of the bill will create win-win situation to the producers and exhibitors of the industry,” Shah added.
Founder president of Nepal Film Producers Association Yadav Kharel said that exhibition of the Indian and English films should be allowed only on the basis of reciprocity. “We have to wait for a month by translating dialogues and scripts of our films into Hindi to get permission in releasing it in India. Why should we allow Indian movies to exhibits without any process and time?” he said.
Akash Adhikari, president of Nepal Film Producers Association, said that the proposed Act should make a compulsory provision of providing at least 200 days of exhibition in cinema halls to domestically produced cinemas.
Pradip Kumar Udaya, president of Nepal Cinema Association, said that the provision of quota should not be imposed in the cinema halls. He appreciated the provision of providing incentives to the cinema halls exhibiting only local films. Actor Dipak Raj Giri said that foreign cinema should be treated as luxurious imposing additional taxes on it.
The participants also suggested reintroducing development tax on tickets of cinema and provide it to producers, exhibitors and in the welfare fund for the promotion of domestic film industry. On the occasion Under Secretary at the Ministry Mahendra Prasad Shankhi presented a paper on the provisions of the bill.
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